Every day, Pick and Popovich will post one fake trade and explain why it makes sense for every team involved to make it. There are no parameters beyond fitting within the salary cap. Sometimes the trades will involve stars, others role players. They are not grounded in actual rumors, they just make sense on paper. During the 2016 NBA Playoffs, each week will feature seven fake trades of one star player. This is DeMarcus Cousins Week.
Sacramento Kings Receive: Cleveland Cavaliers Receive:
Kevin Love DeMarcus Cousins
Why Sacramento would make this trade: Though Love is a worse overall player than Cousins, he actually fits their roster better. Willie Cauley-Stein could play center more comfortably with a power forward who can stretch the floor, for example. If Sacramento was dead set on acquiring a star for Cousins, Love makes a lot of sense.
Why Cleveland would make this trade: Cousins doesn’t necessarily solve Cleveland’s small-ball problems, but is at least solid enough on defense to play center against the Warriors. His low-post offense would give Draymond Green fits in the finals, and he provides at least a modicum of spacing. The locker room fit is questionable, but the Cavs already have J.R. Smith. They’re willing to take chances on players with character flaws.